SQL stands for Structured Query Language and it is a protocol used to request and retrieve information that was previously stored in a database which also conforms to a standard recognizable format. SQL has been in use since about 1970 although it has been updated and refined over the years since it’s inception. It now consists of a data definition language and a data manipulation language which are used to insert, modify and retrieve various data when needed. It became a recognized industry standard across the globe in the mid to late 1980’s and is used in a tremendous number of applications today.

Typical uses for SQL include saving inventory data for various items, maintaining lists of people and their associated data such as telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and such. While the standards are often upgraded the basics are used across multiple platforms and different machine types. NationalNet serves are fully equipped to handle SQL database structures.

Many popular web applications employ databases of this type, such as WordPress. Some systems use proprietary versions of SQL for their operation but most conform to industry standards.